Care for Creation
Earth Day gives us a great opportunity to focus on one of the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching--Care for Creation. Help your parish make the connection to Earth Day from a faith perspective. Reach out to your entire parish community and provide approaches for everyone to get involved. This resource from Catholic Climate Covenant (below) has grade level session plans, family ideas, videos, and a power point presentation to assist in your planning.
Earth Day 2018
Lenten Prayer Garden
Lent is a wonderful time to draw families closer to one another through an experience of prayer. This activity is a simple way to create a hands-on time for prayer for families of all ages. Use it at mealtime, bedtime, or after school. Be inspired by the simple explanation here, but make it your own.
The holidays can bring such energy and focus for our learners and for us as catechists. Now it's time to make the shift back to Ordinary Time and re-engage for the New Year. As our Fall sessions are behind us, we all get a fresh start. It is a good time to get re-acquainted and share faith in a deeper way as our sessions resume. The following post from Catechist's Journey has some good suggestions to assist you in helping those relationships grow.
Four Ways to Meet Them Where They Are
Marianne Cope's Feast Day is January 23rd--A great time to visit the museum in her name
She was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts, spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.
Parents are their child’s primary catechist. Catholic Brain is a website to support parents and catechists teaching and sharing the Catholic faith for children that looks fun and engaging. It engages learners with videos, games and quizzes at home so that their faith continues to grow. There is a subscription fee to use this site and it can be seen at: https://www.catholicbrain.com/
Vibrant Faith @ Home
One of the ways to engage parents in sharing faith with their family is to find ways from the happenings of an ordinary day to create meaningful experiences and a connection to faith. This website will assist catechists and parents in finding creative activities that will encourage: talking about faith, praying together in ways that are comfortable and comforting, ritualizing daily life moments, and reaching out in service to others beyond the family unit.
DVD for Advent and Lent
Looking for a new DVD for Advent to share with youth in your faith formation sessions? Kids and the Church Year from Paraclete Press has an approach that has been used in their Kids and the Sacraments DVD. With segments led by Jenna, she leads to greater understanding of the seasons through “field trips” to an art gallery, butterfly house, glass-blowing shop, fishing fleet, or other destination! A Bible story closes each lesson. See the promotional video below.
Starting tomorrow in nearby theaters is a movie for the whole family about the Christmas Story. The National Conference of Catechestical Leaders (NCCL) is providing resource materials to be used for catechists and parents. The promotion reads:
See the birth of Jesus through a whole new set of eyes. In Sony Pictures Animation and AFFIRM Film’s THE STAR, Bo the donkey and his animal friends become unlikely heroes in the first Christmas. Featuring an uplifting soundtrack, including new music from Mariah Carey, THE STAR will give families a fresh and fun look at the Christmas story.
See the trailer here
The movie site here
Promotional materials, Catholic curriculum and resources here
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